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Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

Five Front Door Decor Ideas for Curb Appeal

A new front door color not only injects your personality into your home’s exterior, but it can create an entirely new atmosphere for your space. While we all love a door that seamlessly blends into our home’s structure, it’s also a good idea to create a look that stands out.

Not only does a gorgeous, unique exterior boost your home’s market value, but it keeps your home from blending into the rest on the block. We’ve come up with some of our favorite front door colors to help your home stand out from the crowd.

1. Red: Power, Passion and Protection

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    At first glance, red may seem a bit much, but it’s quickly becoming the go-to exterior paint color for front doors of nearly all home styles. The color red is known to symbolize power, passion and strength, which is a great way to show off your personal style and bold choices.

    We recommend using dark gold hardware and minimal decor to help create a standout look. Tip: Red doors look especially beautiful on cool, medium-gray homes with white trim and houses featuring warm, dark tones like rich brown with metal cladding.

    2. Blue: Soothing, Serene and Satisfying

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      Blue doors rarely make their debut outside, but as an exterior color, blue is soothing and tonal. Aiding in curb appeal, the color blue is often found in some of the most beautiful things on Earth: the ocean, the sky or maybe even your favorite sports team’s jerseys. Blue is serene yet poignant, which makes it an excellent choice for a front door. Blue doors are an excellent addition to your exterior look, especially if your home is brick with a neutral trim or light and natural with weathered features.

      3. Black: Elegant, Easy and Exclamatory

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        While black might not be your first choice when considering a new exterior door, hear us out. Black is extremely versatile and can be both a neutral and a dramatic accent color. Black helps to hide aspects of your entry that you might not care for, while still highlighting your front door to the rest of the cul-de-sac. Black front doors are especially extraordinary when featured on homes with light, warm exteriors or dark, neutral coloring.

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        4. Purple: Regal, Rare and Romantic

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          The color purple has the ability to be soft and soothing or bold and boisterous, depending on its shade and where it’s placed. Some might say that purple is one of the most versatile shades for an exterior color palette, and we’d have to agree. The entry to your home should be attention grabbing, and what better way to do so than with a lovely shade of lavender or a gracious shade of grape?

          A light gray home is best complemented by a deep, dark purple for the perfect balance of restraint and regality. If your home is on the darker side, a medium gray, perhaps; we suggest opting for a saturated purple with a hint of red to warm up the exterior of your home and make it that much more inviting.

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          5. White: Clean, Composed and Calm

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            If your style is more neutral than statement-making, consider going for a classic color. White front doors make any entryway look clean and simple, and are the perfect way to differentiate your exterior from your neighbor’s. White doors look gorgeous on nearly every style of home, from cool and contemporary to buttoned-up and traditional.

            With so many looks to choose from, your new front door is bound to give your home an instant refresh. Which color palette are you leaning towards?

            To see a selection of the front doors mentioned in this article, visit The Home Depot.

            Featured photo credit: morgueFile via mrg.bz

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            Last Updated on January 14, 2019

            7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

            7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

            From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

            What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

            1. Take the scenic route.

            Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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            Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

            2. Distract yourself.

            No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

            3. Listen to music or podcasts.

            There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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            4. Bring a friend.

            Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

            Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

            5. Accessorize.

            There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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            For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

            6. Compete.

            A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

            7. Relax.

            The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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            With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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